Are you and your partner planning romantic getaways in Scotland? It all starts with finding the perfect place to stay where you can enjoy each other’s company. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel, a cosy lodge with a hot tub or something a bit more budget-friendly: read on for 14 of my favourite romantic places to stay in Scotland.
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Even though I love planning big adventures abroad with my partner, I also love treating us to romantic weekend breaks in Scotland. Whether you are based in the UK or visit from further afield, you might be looking for a special getaway with your partner too?
Every few months, we break our daily routine and book a unique place to stay somewhere in the Scottish countryside. To us, it all begins with finding the right hotel, B&B or self-catering cottage. Sometimes we want to be pampered and taken care of, other times we want to escape just the two of us, knowing that no one will disturb our quality time away together.
This post contains ideas for romantic places to stay in Scotland that fit any occasion. From luxury hotels to cosy cabin getaways, I am sure you and your partner will find the right inspiration for your next romantic getaway in Scotland!
Ardanaiseig Hotel, Loch Awe
Ardanaiseig is one of the leading luxury hotels in Scotland and I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday here on a winter break. You can choose among rooms with loch and garden views in the Victorian mansion or book a more private getaway in one of the self-catering cottages on the estate. The Boat House with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the shores of Loch Awe and sleeps 2, while the slightly bigger Rose Cottage sleeps 4 and is nestled in the lush garden on the estate.
There is a fantastic restaurant on-site and a bar with a roaring fireplace. Oban, Kilchurn Castle and water activities on the loch are all just a stone’s throw away! Ardanaiseig also offers small bespoke weddings by the loch or in the garden and is popular for mini-moons in Scotland.
Use my 3-day Argyll itinerary to plan your romantic weekend in Scotland incl. a walk to a lighthouse, an epic boat trip on Loch Awe and a trip to Oban.
Nira Caledonia, Edinburgh
Nira Caledonia is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of New Town – just a stone’s throw from the quaint Water of Leith walkway and romantic Edinburgh restaurants like The Dome on George Street. Spanning a series of historic Georgian townhouses on a quiet cobbled street, this hotel is a perfect place to stay for couples in Edinburgh. The rooms are all individually designed with a great eye for detail and some even offer a relaxing spa bath or a private garden.
Romance Packages include champagne on ice in the room and romantic turndown service with rose petals, candles and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Plan your trip with my 2-day itinerary – perfect for a romantic weekend in Edinburgh.
Loch Melfort Hotel, Arduaine
Loch Melfort Hotel is a romantic country house hotel in a stunning setting on the west coast of Scotland. Located right next to Arduaine Garden, which was once part of the estate and is now maintained by the National Trust for Scotland (join here for free access), the hotel overlooks the quaint bay of Loch Shuna. Down by the shore you can spot otters playing in the sand and sea birds feeding at low tide. The hotel offers a range of rooms with garden or sea views, but the most stunning room is without a doubt the Master Suite in the main house.
There are two restaurants on-site – a formal restaurant serving up the best local produce and a more casual bistro with a beautiful sundeck. Special packages, like walking holidays, stargazing weekends or wild-life themed activities are available, as well as wedding packages.
Use my Kilmartin Glen travel guide to plan your trip.
The Bothy, Glenlyon
The Bothy is a rustic woodland cabin in the hidden Highland valley of Glen Lyon. Far off the beaten track, this self-catering cabin is a perfect hideaway for couples looking for a digital detox (no WiFi available). The main room is kitchen, lounge and bedroom in one and features a wood-burning stove as well as a skylight above the bed – there is also a full bathroom in the cabin. “Cosy” is the perfect word to describe the interior and adventures are waiting outside. Self-catering is the most popular option although your hosts can also provide breakfast and dinner. We were surprised with a loaf of homemade bread in the morning!
With my Perthshire travel guide you’ll get the most out of a romantic weekend at The Bothy!
Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe
Few hotels are as iconic as the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe. Nestled at the entrance of this prominent glen in the Scottish Highlands and located on the famous West Highland Way, Kingshouse has been welcoming weary travellers for over 250 years. After a recent refurbishment in 2019, it has transformed from a historic inn to one of the best hotels in Scotland in my opinion. Guests are greeted with the warmest Highland hospitality and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the bar, restaurant and luxurious rooms.
Make sure you try some of these things to do in Glencoe.
Coll Hotel, Isle of Coll
To me, the Isle of Coll is one of the most romantic places in Scotland and Coll Hotel is nothing short of amazing. Beautiful rooms in a stunning setting of Arinagour, a restaurant with spectacular views and even better food, and warm Highland hospitality. The hotel operates the only restaurant and pub on the island and is thus a fantastic place to enjoy each other’s company, but also to meet the locals. There is little to do on Coll – but that is exactly the appeal: doing sweet nothing, apart from long walks on the beach, indulgent meals at Coll Hotel and enjoying endless sea views.
Plan your romantic getaway with my Isle of Coll travel guide.
Eagle Brae Log Cabins, Loch Ness
I have not had the pleasure to stay here yet, but I still wanted to include Eagle Brae near Loch Ness on this list. Located between Loch Ness and Glen Affric, Eagle Brae offers luxury log cabins in the stunning setting of the Scottish Highlands. Each cabin is hand-made to the highest standard of sustainability. Even though Eagle Brae is primarily self-catering, they offer a variety of guest services including grocery shopping or home-cooked meals delivered to your cabin. This is the perfect place for a minimoon or honeymoon in Scotland!
I’m already planning a trip there and can’t wait to tell you more!
Islay House, Isle of Islay
Islay House is a breathtaking mansion at the head of Loch Indaal and the closest you could get to a castle hotel on Islay. Originally built by the Campbells of Cawdor in the 17th century, it was expanded multiple times. Today, the hotel offers stunning rooms with four-poster beds and views of the grounds, a magnificent restaurant and a beautiful setting for a romantic island escape with your partner.
If you are looking for unique experiences on Islay, check out this post about my favourite things to do on Islay, Jura and Colonsay.
Bayview Apartments, Stonehaven
Few places are as romantic as the beautiful ruins of Dunnottar Castle on Scotland’s east coast. Nearby Stonehaven is the perfect place to stay during your visit and I particularly love the beautiful Bayview Apartments with uninterrupted views of the sea and surrounding cliffs. Both apartments have sea-facing balconies and sleep up to 4 people each. The real jackpot is the upstairs Penthouse though with its floor-to-ceiling windows! The perfect place to retreat to after a walk to Dunnottar Castle along the coastal path – easily one of the most romantic things to do in Scotland.
Creeside Escape, Galloway Hills
There is something about shepherd’s huts that make them the perfect romantic places to stay in Scotland. Creeside Escape is a beautiful shepherd’s hut nestled in the beautiful surroundings of rural Ayrshire. With views of the Galloway Hills and an inquisitive, resident sheep herd, this hut is perfect for a romantic getaway to connect with nature. Explore the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, stargaze endlessly thanks to the Dark Sky status of the area and warm up in the cosy hut.
For inspiration, look into these things to do in the Biosphere.
The Hideaway Experience, Dundee
I have not actually stayed here myself (yet), but my friend who has, keeps swooning over her & her partner’s getaway! The Hideaway Experience offers four breathtaking luxury lodges with hot tubs in Scotland. Each lodge sleeps 2 and you will not only have access to a private hot tub but also your own outdoor area with sweeping views of the Scottish countryside. Conveniently located near Dundee, this is a great romantic getaway from Edinburgh or Glasgow – and perfect for an unusual honeymoon in the UK. I can’t wait to stay here one day!
House in the Wood, Ballachulish
House in the Wood is one of my favourite romantic getaways in Scotland. Located in the woodlands around the scenic Highland village of Ballachulish, guests can choose among four cabins dotted among the trees. Each sleeps four people, but with their wood-burning stoves and warm interior, they are perfect for a couple’s getaway to the mountains. If you visit in winter, I can highly recommend a trip up the Nevis Range with snowshoes, for the ultimate romantic activity!
Follow my footsteps and read about our romantic stay at House in the Wood here.
Saorsa 1875, Pitlochry
Saorsa 1875 is the first 100% vegan hotel in Scotland – and what a beautiful getaway for a romantic weekend in Perthshire! The boutique hotel is located in Pitlochry, in a beautifully restored Victorian villa surrounded by woodlands, yet only a stone’s throw from the bustling centre of the town. After a night at the Enchanting Forest or a stroll along the River Tummel, there is nothing quite like the beautifully styled rooms at Saorsa 1875, a delicious vegan meal and a dram from the bar to round off a perfect day.
Get the most out of your trip to Pitlochry with my Perthshire travel guide.
Frequently featured on lists of Scotland’s top places to stay, the Dakota Glasgow is also one of my favourite romantic hotels in Scotland. I love the design-led interior and relaxing lighting throughout the hotel – even a standard room feels like absolute luxury. The Dakota offers different couple packages including cocktails, dinner or extra late check-out. The luxurious hotel beds at the Dakota make it tough to ever leave, even though the best things to do in Glasgow are just at your doorstep.
Use my Glasgow travel guide to plan a perfect city trip to Glasgow.
With so much choice for romantic places to stay, luxury lodges and boutique hotels, planning a short break to Scotland for couples is easy.
Hopefully, you and your partner will find a new favourite among these suggestions, or slowly make your way through the whole list and plan several romantic getaways in Scotland.
Do you have a favourite romantic hotel to add to this list? Share your experience with us in the comments!
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